Sassafras Science Volume 2 Anatomy Complete Set

Sassafras Science Volume 2 Anatomy Complete Set

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The science adventure continues for Blaine and Tracey Sassafras with The Sassafras Science Adventures Volume 2: Anatomy! In this volume, the twins (and you) will learn all about the human body as they zip around the globe. Don’t miss a minute of their summer-long zip line journey with their crazy Uncle Cecil!

The Sassafras Guide to Anatomy has chapter summaries, SCIDAT logbook information, encyclopedia readings, additional book lists, experiments, copywork/dictation, activities, quizzes, and more! It gives you the tools to turn your anatomy journey into a complete science curriculum for your elementary students.

The Official Sassafras SCIDAT Logbook: Anatomy Edition is authorized and approved by the Sassafras twins. This logbook gives the student space to record what they have learned as they follow the human body adventures of Blaine and Tracey Sassafras.

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Category Description for Sassafras Science:

What a delightful way to learn science! Read a story, perform experiments, keep a log, and learn some science. This Charlotte Mason style, hands-on, inquiry-based science program might be just what your children need to understand and enjoy science. From the same publisher as Elemental Science, this program follows the Sassafras Twins as they travel the world during their summer break, learning the science content that they failed to master during their previous school year.

The underlying storyline is that the Sassafras twins felt science was boring and pointless. Despite Mom and Dad's warnings, they continued their lackluster approach towards science. Consequently, they must forego attending camp with their friends and instead spend the summer with their crazy (or is he?) Uncle Cecil. Uncle Cecil and his lab assistant, President Lincoln, developed a series of invisible zip lines and special carabineers that would take Train and Blaisy (Uncle Cecil's names for the children) on the adventures of a lifetime as they learn to love science. Readers will join the twins through 300 pages of adventures around the world as they learn about zoology – mammals and their habitats – in volume one; and then continue the journey through tombs in Ethiopia, a landfill in Texas, and much more as they explore human anatomy in volume two. Children in fourth through sixth grade can read the adventures on their own, or parents can read them aloud to all ages.

The Sassafras Guides to Zoology (Vol. 1) and Anatomy (Vol. 2) offer the road maps for your travels. These books contain 18 chapters that correspond to the chapters in the texts. For each chapter there is a summary, information and instruction for the Official Sassafras Scidat Logbook, encyclopedia readings, a list of additional living books on the topic, an experiment, vocabulary, copywork & dictation, additional activities, and optional schedules. The schedule offers a two- and five-day pacing option for the course. Encyclopedia suggestions are Kingfisher First Encyclopedia of Animals (#29186) for younger children and DK Encyclopedia of Animals (#14569). Experiments for chapters 1-3 and 16-18 are in the guide, but you will need Science Around the World by Janice VanCleave (#27250) for the experiments in chapters 4-15. For your convenience and planning purposes, there is a complete "living book" and supplies list at the front of the guide. An appendix includes reproducible pages and is limited to reproduction for family use only.

The Official Sassafras Scidat Logbooks become a record of each child's journey as he/she visits each location with the twins. The logbooks include illustrations, maps on which the child colors or marks locations, a place to record project information, and pages for notes. The Logbook is not reproducible, so you will want one for each child. There is a fair amount of writing, so some of the activities may not be appropriate for younger children.

Sets include the Official Scidat Logbook, Sassafras Guide and the Reader for that topic.

Use the book as a fun read-aloud or add the activity guide and logbook for a complete science curriculum. Zip line your way through the African grassland, Egyptian dessert, Canada, Amazon rainforest, Australian forest, Chinese bamboo forest, the Arctic, and the Atlantic Ocean with Blaine and Tracey – then look forward to your next adventure with Uncle Cecil! ~ Donna

Category Description for COMPREHENSIVE SCIENCE PROGRAMS:

Items listed in this section tend to be complete science programs with a teacher and student component, requiring few supplements besides science supplies.


Primary Subject
Science
Grade Start
1
Grade End
6
Format
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Brand Name
Elemental Science
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Just finished Volume 1 Zoology and loved it. My boys (3rd and 5th grade) would often ask me to keep reading. I love how my boys are learning and don't even realize it.
Stacey R on Jan 8, 2023
Just finished Volume 1 Zoology and loved it. My boys (3rd and 5th grade) would often ask me to keep reading. I love how my boys are learning and don't even realize it.
Stacey R on Jan 8, 2023
We love the storybook method of learning as we have a special needs child. The zoology set was very interesting and met his needs very well. Hoping this will help him understand how our bodies work so we can learn how to identify where there might be a problem and how it affects our daily living.
Bonnie C on Jul 12, 2022
We love the storybook method of learning as we have a special needs child. The zoology set was very interesting and met his needs very well. Hoping this will help him understand how our bodies work so we can learn how to identify where there might be a problem and how it affects our daily living.
Bonnie C on Jul 12, 2022
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Very basic overview, kindergarden only.
This Review is written by a Registered Nurse: I wrote a very long review on Amazon covering what was missing from this book. I'll spare you most of it. Suffice it to say, this is not a science curriculum. This is a "formulaic" adventure series that wants to be Lemony Snicket meets an exciting way to present sciece, and lacks both the cleverness and content necessary to pull it off and still claim to responsibly handle particular branch of science.
Pros: fun for children who enjoy constant action, regardless of logic and story continuity.
Cons: Not a curriculum. We bought the full set. For starters, the image of the lungs is backwards (which is more important than people realize, since the left lung only has 2 lobes to make space for the heart). Visual learners will never be able to erase this incorrect image from their heads. Second, only half of the nervous system is explained. The cranial nerves are missing entirely, and there is no reasonable distinction made between the CNS and the PNS (also more important than it would seem). Why is half the nervous system missing? Third, asthma is not explained despite being "somewhat alluded to," and the use of an inhaler is comical vs realistic (a long time asthmatic knows that you don't "continually puff" an inhaler, because you need to give time for the medication to work-its an inhaler, not a cigarette). The storyline for the digestive system is very confusing, the presentation of the reproductive system is also dismal, and I dare not go on, given how poorly executed this material was.
We decided to replace this with Apologia Anatomy and now my children are no longer confused, not to mention much less upset. The male sibling (Blaine), is treated, at times, as the "less intelligent" twin. Given how American Society has been trending in the direction of making men look intellectually inferior to women, this treatment distressed my boys. I confess, I didn't even notice it, but the chapters covering the respiratory system did create an unnecessary situation in which Blaine was largely absent as a meaningful character.
We really wanted this set of materials to work. Sadly, it was not only a poor substitute for a solid curriculum, but its not even interesting enough as a story to finish the book. My children refused to touch it well before the halfway point. Had I not purchased it way ahead of time (missing any chance for a return), I would have sent this back (something I have only done once in my 6 years of homeschooling).
Feel free to try it out, but I have to warn you, it really isn't what you think it is. Only someone who already understands anatomy will realize how bad it is. It breaks my heart how many great reviews there are from people who are being misled by content that is factually inaccurate on more than one occasion. There are things that are handled correctly. But when you look at what is mishandled, I cannot justify purchasing this with any serious desire to use it as a stand-alone curriculum.
And no, the recommended books (yes, they actually recommend further purchases!!) do NOT make up for the missing and inaccurate content (for anyone who knows what has been recommended and wants to point that out).
March 7, 2021

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